Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) has selected Kratos Integral Systems International (ISI) to provide command and control systems for the company's ABS-2 satellite system programme.
Kratos's solution comprises of the EPOCH integrated product suite (IPS) fleet management system and Monics carrier monitoring system, offered by ISI and the company's other subsidiary SAT respectively.
ABS-2, a Loral 1300 satellite, is currently under development, while the Lockheed Martin A2100AX satellite ABS-1 has already been launched.
Under the contract, which includes an option to extend the support to the ABS-1 satellite, Kratos will deliver a primary and backup satellite command and control system, which will support the ABS-2 satellite.
Asia Broadcast Satellite chief operating officer Scott Sprague said: "With the launch of ABS-2 scheduled mid next year and the new additions of the Boeing 702SP satellites being added over the next two-three years to our growing satellite fleet, it is crucial for us to implement a robust command and control system that could help us manage the operations for our expanding business.
"The EPOCH solution allows us to operate satellites from different manufacturers on a single centralised platform and optimise the operational efficiency, flexibility and reliability of our satellites."
Kratos will also provide the system capabilities, including satellite command and control, flight dynamics and executable procedures, as well as displays, with carrier signal monitoring for both satellite bus and payload operations maintenance.
The EPOCH IPS, which can be operated from a user's desktop, is claimed to offer efficient alternative to costly command and monitoring practices, in addition to supporting various satellite designs.
According to Kratos, EPOCH IPS is deployed to manage more than 75% of space systems/Loral 1300 and A2100AX satellites.